Analyst Consultant/Consultant - Electrical Engineer - South Africa
- Role type
- Full time, Permanent
Rynfield, South Africa
- Closing Date
Role: Analyst Consultant / Consultant (Renewable & Hydrogen Energy Systems)
Role ID: 2023-1756
Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world
Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.
Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.
We are looking for an Analyst Consultant or Consultant (suitable for new graduates or those with some post-graduate experience) to join our Power Planning & Solutions team. This role will provide a stepping stone into your engineering and consultancy career in an exciting and rapidly changing sector.
The Power Planning & Solutions team comprises a group of highly experienced professionals specialising in engineering techno-economic, and management consultancy services for the energy sector, with particular emphasis on the power sector. We cover power generation and transmission planning, electricity tariff and affordability studies, renewable energy integration, regulation, policy, and “smart grid” innovation projects. We are a committed team of like-minded professionals with a growing portfolio of energy technology, policy and strategy projects.
From day one, you will be part of a team supporting senior consultants in delivering projects to our clients. Successful applicants will have strong numeracy, analytical and communication skills together with a proactive, organised approach and a pride in the quality of their work. Over time you will be expected to develop a strong understanding of the energy sector - including strategic, technical, commercial and regulatory aspects.
You will contribute to research and analysis that underpins our consultancy work. You will manage your time across several projects, contributing in all phases - from researching and analysing information and data, through providing key contributions to the development of techno-economic and financial models, to contributing to reports that are delivered to clients, and supporting the preparation of proposals to win new contracts. You will be responsible for the quality and delivery of your work and will liaise with other consultants and teams to incorporate your contribution into wider project outputs.
You will be supported throughout your career with us in your professional development, to ensure you have the support and tools you need to deliver your role to a high quality, and to support your development into the future.
Examples of projects you will be working on include
- Network reliability and connection studies
- Smart grid / network innovation projects
- Feasibility and implementation studies for renewable energy projects
- Hydrogen strategy
- Transport energy feasibility and implementation projects for the road, rail, aviation and marine sectors
- Developing technical and economic power sector regulatory frameworks in developing countries
Skills and experience
The position would suit candidates with:
- Analyst role: A strong degree in electrical engineering, energy systems or similar
- Consultant role: A strong degree in electrical engineering, energy systems or similar & post-graduate experience working in a power engineering or consultancy environment
- Excellent understanding of power networks and power systems
- Passion for renewable energy, energy system innovation and sustainability
- Interest in hydrogen energy systems
- The ability to effectively communicate and interact with colleagues and clients
- The ability to breakdown complex research questions, think creatively and solve novel problems
- Fluency in English
- Fluency in French, Spanish, or Portuguese
- Skills in Excel, including data manipulation and modelling
- Some experience using Helioscope ©, PV/Syst ©, Homer Pro ©, DigSilent ©, PSS/E ©, Powerworld ©, and/or PLEXOS
- Good understanding of hydrogen systems and technologies
Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.
Wellbeing and work life balance
We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.
Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.